Dwarka: The University of Sydney and National Law University on Tuesday organised an international conference on “Law, Language, and Cultural Empowerment” in Delhi. The focus of the conference was on new ways of pursuing research.
Prof Prasannanshu of National Law University, Delhi and Prof Jakelin Troy of Sydney University co-organised this event. Janette Thambyrajah, a PhD student working on Literacy in Wiradjuri language organised the conference with Prof Troy for The University of Sydney, and Prof Prasannanshu organised it from the Indian side.
In the two-day event, each day saw seven presentations. Various issues were covered concerning the linguistic minorities including the deaf, visually impaired, aboriginal, and tribal communities.
“Our global community is living through unprecedented times due to the recent pandemic, and language use is at the heart of many of the challenges we face. Moreover, the preservation of cultural and linguistic diversity in today's world is a major concern to scientists, governments, community leaders, and advocates of linguistic human rights,” one of the organisers of the conference said.
He added that the current developments in this area underline that there is a lack of fundamental sociolinguistic research comparing different multilingual contexts which has created a knowledge gap at a time when there is a widely acknowledged urgent need for action to articulate more strongly the importance of maintenance, and/or revitalisation of minoritized languages worldwide.